Now that I’ve baited you in with that delicious looking plate as the cover pic, do keep reading on^^ you might just find your next favorite spot.
I have a hunch that after this article is published on the blog, some people might get mad at me for divulging this gem of a place. Sorry introverts and foodies, your secret is now out. I’ve stumbled on this cozy café/bistro on my hunt for new places to explore in YEG. Let’s face it, livin in this city for a while, you need to branch out of the usual eating spots to add colour in your life amiright? I don’t know about you but I get excited scrolling through the #yegfoodie, #yegfood or even #gastropostyeg pages on IG just so I can get my fill on new places popping up around YEG. I’m kind of slow on the loop here so I’m not really sure how long this place has been operating but my guess is not that long. I’m talking about Under the High Wheel, yep, even the name sounds a bit weird. Don’t worry, it’s nothing like that inside. In fact, the interior of the place is very warm and inviting with wood accents and earth tones throughout. The decorations aren’t outlandish.. except for maybe that huge old-fashioned bicycle hanging on the wall, hence the name I suppose, nonetheless; I was sold!
This noshery and catering establishment shares a space with D’Capo cafe and gelato. Just a quick tip, the entrance is shared with Da Capo Caffe so don’t be confused like I did and circle all around the building trying to find the door that says Under the High wheel! I was there to meet J before the lunch rush and the place was practically empty.
This is us harassing the waitress to snap our picture.
Since it wasn’t busy we placed our orders right away and was served in no time. I ordered the chai latte to drink …this is one of the best chai I have consumed thus far. I love the balance of the creamy and spicy flavours in the drink, just a touch sweet but I love my drinks on the diabeetus side.
J ordered a latte I believe, but a taste of my drink had her asking the waitress if she could do a switch…no luck though 😦 she just had to unfortunately ogle mine as I happily sipped all that goodness 🙂 (next time J, you know what to get!)
The menu was not as extensive for the breakfast portion, but there was lots of choices for lunch and even a good selection of dinner eats. I saw the words crepés on the menu and the hardest choice was picking sweet over the savoury kind. I went for the crepés beautifully dressed in chocolate and coffee sauce and loaded with a mélange of fruits… Yeap, me, and my diabeetus choices. My logic told me to go for the buckwheat crepés rather than the plain white one for some added health benefits….
The dish was not overwhelmingly sweet as I thought initially and was quite good. The fruits, mainly different berries, were refreshing. Even though most fruits right now aren’t in season, these babies didn’t really have that tart or sour taste. The part that I had a bit of an issue was the firmer texture of the buckwheat crepés. I was hoping fluffy and soft but it took a couple times with my fork trying to cut a piece of the crepés. J ordered savoury crepés and she said the dish was delicious as well. 10/10 for us, yay! I’d definitely go back for a second round…. I needed to try that Belgian waffle on the menu after all^^ thanks Under the High Wheel, you did not disappoint \(^_^)/
Overall, the experience was great and I can’t wait to bring the other girls here for brunch on Saturday 🙂 We wrapped up our girl talk and stuffed the last bites of our crepés happily and headed to our appointments. As I was still early for my appointment, I decided to walk around Whyte to waste some time. I was amazed at how different it looks in the day time as in the evening when the party crowds mingle the streets. I realized I needed to do this more often as I saw some quaint little stores to explore. So come join me next time then! Ciao!